"Jim" Howell, 53, of Harveys Lake, succumbed to illness at home on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.
Born April 4, 1959, he was the son of Harry Howell of Dallas and the late Ruth Elston Howell of Dallas.
He was a graduate of Dallas High School and attended Penn State University.
Jim thrived on his work, serving as senior vice president of Quality Collision Inc. and previously as body shop manager at MotorWorld.
Jim was an avid hunter. He was meticulous at woodworking and restoring his 1950 Chevy, and a capable guitarist whose favorite bands crossed decades and genres. Jim had a long history with motorcycles beginning with his first dirtbike as a boy and graduating to a vintage Harley Davidson.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, the former Shela Weikel; stepchildren, Jessie and James Dengler, Ashland; granddaughter, Izabela Holloman; sisters, Linda (Joseph) Sofia, Washington, N.J.; and Nancy (Ralph) Ide, Nescopeck; nephews, Nathan Ide and Justin Sofia; nieces, Lauren Castelli, Gina Papp, Sarah and Kaitlyn Ide; and his beloved dogs, Bear and Fancy.
Jim's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with his brother-in-law, Ralph Ide, officiating. Interment will be in Huntsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The family wishes to thank Medical Oncology Associates for the excellent care Jim received.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MOA Prescription Drug Assistance Program, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18702.
Online condolences may be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com